Friday, November 13

Red-Breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser
Kenosha Wisconsin

A diving duck with a long thin bill, the Red-breasted Merganser is found in large lakes, rivers.
The red-breasted merganser was originally described under its current scientific name by Linnaeus in his 18th-century work, Systema Naturae.
The adult red-breasted merganser is 51–62 cm (20–24 in) long with a 70–86 cm (28–34 in) wingspan. It has a spiky crest and long thin red bill with serrated edges. The male has a dark head with a green sheen, a white neck with a rusty breast, a black back, and white underparts. Adult females have a rusty head and a greyish body. The juvenile is like the female, but lacks the white collar and has a smaller white wing patch.

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